An Interstellar Expedition through Vivid Sydney

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Let Vivid blast you into hyper­space with these inter­stel­lar instal­la­tions as you shoot past the moon and stars, and into another galaxy far, far away.

A Light Year Ahead by Steensen Varm­ing, Australia

Cle­land Bond Build­ing, Play­fair St, The Rocks – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Vis­i­tors are blasted out of this world in this ‘space ele­va­tor’ sim­u­lat­ing an astro­nom­i­cal take off. Mov­ing galac­tic images, a mir­rored floor, and a ceil­ing and walls lit by pro­jec­tions set to a futur­is­tic sound­track trans­port space trav­ellers A Light Year Ahead on the ulti­mate space odyssey in just a mat­ter of sec­onds. 

Ayla by Steensen Varm­ing, Australia

Cir­cu­lar Quay West – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Cast­ing the essence of the moon through pro­jec­tion and a halo of light, Ayla demon­strates the sur­real beauty of twilight’s nat­ural light. Every night the sil­hou­ette changes as it moves in sync with the phases of the moon.

Internal Galaxy. Image by Hayley Wood

The Milky Laneway by Kate & Marty, Australia

Cam­bridge St, The Rocks — 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

The night sky moves closer to Earth in this laneway instal­la­tion of meteor show­ers, shoot­ing stars and super­nova. As you travel through the laneway, our solar sys­tem comes alive as galac­tic effects flow and swirl, stars align and red dwarfs and blue giants twin­kle. 

Inter­nal Galaxy by AJde­signCo. & Andrew Wil­son, New Zealand

Hick­son Road Reserve, The Rocks — 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

A six-meter ship­ping con­tainer has been trans­formed into a mind-bending uni­verse. Com­prised of hun­dreds of lights from floor to ceil­ing, this psy­che­delic galaxy bounces and reflects a mul­ti­tude of colours off mir­rored walls, as you’re pulled fur­ther and fur­ther into this por­tal to an alter­nate dimension.

Do It Yourself, Vivid Sydney

Paint the City. Image Courtesy of Destination NSW

Chan­nel your inner artist, light designer and sound mixer at these DIY light instal­la­tions scat­tered through­out the city.

Paint the Town by 32 Hun­dred Light­ing, Australia

Over­seas Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal, Cir­cu­lar Quay – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Express your cre­ativ­ity for all of Syd­ney to see and paint the sky­line in what­ever colours of your choos­ing. With a swipe and tap of a screen, you can illu­mi­nate some of Sydney’s most iconic build­ings and bask in the light of your own colour genius.

Threads by Res­o­nance, Australia

Cle­land Bond Build­ing, The Rocks – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Based on the Res­o­nance team’s ethos that ‘per­sonal con­nec­tions are impor­tant con­trib­u­tors to hap­pi­ness’, this light instal­la­tion beck­ons you to engage with oth­ers to pro­duce your own sound­track. Col­lab­o­rate with the per­son next to you to design a musi­cal mas­ter­piece of light out of inter­twined lines, shapes and par­ti­cles that sig­nify con­nec­tions and rela­tion­ships forged in life.

Paint the City. Image Courtesy of Destination NSW

Light­well by AIT, Australia

Between Piers 8/9 & 6/7, Hick­son Rd, Walsh Bay – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Uncover the gems hid­den within Light­well as you splash and scat­ter light-paint across brick walls at Walsh Bay. Sounds, ani­ma­tions, film sequences and more reveal them­selves among your designs the more you cre­ate with those around you.

Mis­sion Control

Pyr­mont Bay Park, Pyr­mont – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Put your skills in light and cre­ate your very own dis­play on the roof of The Star. Con­trol the dozens of search­lights atop the casino for a show to wow them all.

A Night of Play at Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney 2015 InterPlay at Cadmans Cottage. Image coutesy of Destination NSW

With games, child­hood toys and lit­tle mon­sters that dance, kids young and old will love play­ing with these inter­ac­tive light works.

INTER/play by The Pro­pa­ganda Mill, Australia

Cad­mans Cot­tage, Bar­ney & Bligh Reserve, The Rocks – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

By cap­tur­ing your move­ments and reac­tions, then pro­ject­ing them through colour and graph­ics, INTER/play rein­tro­duces Sydney’s old­est res­i­den­tial build­ing as an inter­ac­tive can­vas. Every per­son in the area becomes part of the work cre­at­ing a unique image every time.

Toy Shad­ows by Har­manto Nguyen, Australia

Between Piers 6/7 & 4/5, Hick­son Rd, Walsh Bay – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Using the sim­plic­ity of graphic cutouts and a sin­gle light source, Har­manto Nguyen cre­ates a sur­real world of shad­owy fig­ures that take you on a safari or travel with you into the future. Dif­fer­ent scenes play out as you approach the work and begin to inter­act with this play­fully mys­te­ri­ous installation.

Vivid Sydney 2015. Monster WorldMon­ster World by Dune, Australia

Play­fair St, The Rocks – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Mon­ster World is an alter­nate uni­verse where crea­tures with an affin­ity for dance appear out of a beam of light to mimic ges­tures and fol­low your move­ments. The more peo­ple who enter this world ruled by illu­mi­nated mon­sters, the more the inhab­i­tants come out to play.

Swing Glow by NBRS+PARTNERS & Fiona Venn, Australia

First Fleet Park, George St, The Rocks – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Who doesn’t love a good push on a swing from time to time? Let your ‘big per­son’ guard down and take off into the night on one of the glow­ing swing sets near the MCA. The higher you go, the faster you go, the more the swing changes in colour, light and sound. 

Duck Duck Goose by Tem­pest Tech­ni­cal Light­ing, Australia

First Fleet Park, George St, The Rocks – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Tem­pest Tech­ni­cal Light­ing cre­ates a mas­sive game of this child­hood clas­sic with a cir­cle of illu­mi­nated drums that respond to ambi­ent light, touch and sound. Once you’ve come within a few cen­time­ters of the instal­la­tion, the game begins.

Dolly, Vivid Sydney 2015

Dolly by Tina Fox, Australia

Campbell’s Cove – 22 May to 08 July, 6pm ‘til midnight

Hand­crafted entirely out of cot­ton rope and LED strip-lights, this giant Dolly sits three-meter high wait­ing for vis­i­tors to give her a hug and grab a selfie. The instal­la­tion plays on child­hood mem­o­ries of dolls, night­lights and cud­dly teddy bears, which the artist illu­mi­nates on the grand scale.

a game of drones by Intel

Mar­tin Place – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

As a Vivid first, vis­i­tors are chal­lenged to a game of drones. Fly your very own drone, send­ing it into the air (although within an enclo­sure) in an ulti­mate bumper bat­tle to the top.

An Ethereal Exploration of Vivid Sydney

Arclight. Image courtesy of Destination NSW

Discover the ethe­real world of Vivid that haunts laneways in The Rocks and enchants vis­i­tors with its sur­real light and sound.

The Milky Laneway by Kate & Marty, Australia

Cam­bridge St, The Rocks — 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

The night sky moves closer to Earth in this laneway instal­la­tion of meteor show­ers, shoot­ing stars and super­nova. As you travel through the laneway, our solar sys­tem comes alive as galac­tic effects flow and swirl, stars align and red dwarfs and blue giants twinkle.

Tidal Reed Garden. Image by @hollie_martin

Tidal Reed Gar­den by Aura, Australia

Campbell’s Cove — 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

This gar­den of reeds bobs and sways with the move­ments of Syd­ney Harbour’s swell, tidal pat­terns and pass­ing boats. Using bio­mimicry, Aura’s artists Gioia Mur­ray and Louise Jarvis design to cel­e­brate and emu­late nature’s beauty and ‘time-tested’ patterns.

Arclight by Stu­dio Work­shop + Mat­sys, Aus­tralia & USA

Hick­son Road Reserve, The Rocks — 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

In its enchant­ing, immer­sive world, Arclight draws form from Australia’s native man­groves and emits chang­ing colours and pat­terns influ­enced by the sur­round­ing envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions – tem­per­a­ture, humid­ity, wind speed.
Internal Galaxy. Image by @clarisse022Ayla. Image by @dropinking

Inter­nal Galaxy by AJde­signCo. & Andrew Wil­son, New Zealand

Hick­son Road Reserve, The Rocks — 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

A six-meter ship­ping con­tainer has been trans­formed into a mind-bending uni­verse. Com­prised of hun­dreds of lights from floor to ceil­ing, this psy­che­delic galaxy bounces and reflects a mul­ti­tude of colours off mir­rored walls, as you’re pulled fur­ther and fur­ther into this por­tal to an alter­nate dimension.

Ayla by Steensen Varm­ing, Australia

Cir­cu­lar Quay West – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Cast­ing the essence of the moon through pro­jec­tion and a halo of light, Ayla demon­strates the sur­real beauty of twilight’s nat­ural light. Every night the sil­hou­ette changes as it moves in sync with the phases of the moon.
The Dresses, Vivid Sydney 2015. Image by @Tom_Brassil

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim, France

Kendall Ln, The Rocks – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

These fiber-optic ghostly gowns shim­mer and float in the dark as they haunt the streets of The Rocks, chang­ing in colour and lead­ing you to an ethe­real, oth­er­worldly realm.

Sub­merged by Sin­clair Park, Australia

Campbell’s Cove Jetty – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

The waters beneath the jetty emanate a mys­te­ri­ous light, ques­tion­ing what lies below in the ‘unknow­able void of the Sub­merged’.

A Melodious Evening at Vivid Sydney

MCA_Silvia Li Photography

Explore the rhythm of the night with these light instal­la­tions that encour­age you to cre­ate your own Vivid soundtracks.

Threads by Res­o­nance, Australia

Cle­land Bond Build­ing, The Rocks – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Based on the Res­o­nance team’s ethos that ‘per­sonal con­nec­tions are impor­tant con­trib­u­tors to hap­pi­ness’, this light instal­la­tion beck­ons you to engage with oth­ers to pro­duce your own sound­track. Col­lab­o­rate with the per­son next to you to design a musi­cal mas­ter­piece of light out of inter­twined lines, shapes and par­ti­cles that sig­nify con­nec­tions and rela­tion­ships forged in life.

The Laser Harp by Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney Optics Stu­dent Chap­ter, Australia

Between Piers 4/5 & 2/3, Hick­son Rd, Walsh Bay – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Strum The Laser Harp to per­form a melody, which in turn cre­ates an accom­pa­ny­ing ani­ma­tion of nat­ural and sub­ur­ban beauty. As you pluck more notes, the scenes con­tinue to adapt and trans­form to the music. This musi­cal work was devel­oped as a tool to spread knowl­edge about the nature of light, and to incite curios­ity around the waves of light, sound, water and mat­ter that sur­round us daily.

Beatdice Vivid Sydney 2015

Beat­dice by Toby K, Australia

First Fleet Park, Cir­cu­lar Quay – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Con­duct a musi­cal mash-up with these stack­able sen­sor cubes or Beat­dice. Impro­vise some tunes with oth­ers and watch as your song flashes and glows to the beat.

Drum Cir­cle by Kate & Marty, Australia

Mar­tin Place – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Will you drum up the courage to bang out an illu­mi­nated beat in the mid­dle of Mar­tin Place? The lights in and around the instal­la­tion con­nect to the drums, chang­ing in colours and pace to the unique rhythm you produce.

Piano Stairs by Reuben Young, Andrew Hand­mer, Jes­sica Chalker, Annalie Kil­lian & Tim Carr, Australia

AMP Build­ing, Cir­cu­lar Quay – 22 May to 08 June, 6pm ‘til midnight

Tickle the ivories with your toot­sies on the Piano Stairs in Cir­cu­lar Quay. Can you get that ‘Heart & Soul’ duet going? Or will you just stick to up and down scales? At least you get a workout.